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Y Parchedig John Parker 1798 – 1860
One of the few painters who painted Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy in Meirionnydd (that I know of).
He was interested in painting landscapes and specializing in painting ‘rocky places’ e.g see his beautiful paintings of the top of Aran Fawddwy, held at the Library. He was also interested in churches of the Gothic architecture. His painting of a fine oak screen at St Crwst’s Church in Llanrwst is excellent and also Aran, a feast to the eye. John Parker was a native of the Oswestry area.
He was the Rector of Llanmerewig in Montgomeryshire and Llanblodwel, Shropshire. He also painted castles, flowers and plants and painted in England, Ireland and the mainland of Europe.
As one who lives round the corner of Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy, John Parker’s work means a lot to me.
Another impressive painting by John Parker is the painting of Talardd Farmhouse, Cwm Cynllwyd Llanuwchllyn with both Aran’s as background. Howel Harris, the reformer, stayed in the Talardd Farmhouse, while visiting the Valley in the eighteenth century. 25 years after the death of Howel Harris, John Parker was born.
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